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    SXSW Film Festival Shorts Lineup Announced

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced today this year's lineup of shorts. From over 2,800 submissions, the festival selected 130 shorts from around the world, divided into six categories: documentary, narrative, animated, experimental, music video and Texas High School Shorts (work by Texas teens). Shorts that will screen include TV personality Maria Menounos' "Longtime Listener," about an electronics store clerk who lives his life through talk radio and comic Bob Odenkirk's "Derek & Simon: The Pity Card," about a first date at a Holocaust museum. "From young filmmakers in Jamaica to animators plugging away on their own, to so...

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    Celluloid Busy In Berlin With "Particles" and "Quinceanera"

    Celluloid Dreams has announced a number of deals for two Berlinale titles, the fest competition entry "The Elementary Particles" and the Sundance award winner "Quinceanera". Oskar Roehler's "Particles" has already been sold in France (TFM), Benelux (ABC), Spain (Golem) , Italy (Lucky Red), Scandinavia (Non Stop Entertainment), South Korea (Sponge), Taiwan (Pandasia), Switzerland (Rialto), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Audiovisual), Canada (Seville), UK (Momentum), Israel (United King), Brazil (Providence), and Eastern Europe. Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi said in a statement today that the company has had multiple bidders for the adapation of th...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Gondry's "Sleep," Takashi Miike Goes Violent, and Cillian Murphy Talks "

    French director Michel Gondry traveled from Utah to Berlin - along with many others here - in support of his surreal love story, "The Science of Sleep" starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The mostly English-language film, shot in France, is the story of Stephane (Bernal) who returns to his hometown to take a job and begins a relationship with his neighbor. The job does not quite pan out as expected, but his relationship blossoms, fed by his fantastic dream-life. Although life seems to be on the upswing, his anxieties again manifest. The film uses a multi-tiered look inside the mind of the Bernal's character, filled with fear...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: German Chancellor's Visit Shines Even Greater Spotlight on Expanded EFM

    At the Berlinale on Friday, George Clooney caused a stir among media and fans over at Potsdamer Platz, but a power player whose influence trumps any of the buyers, sellers, or stars doing business in Berlin stepped onto the floor of the expanded European Film Market at Martin Gropius Bau. New German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent nearly 45 minutes touring the EFM and chatting with film industry attendees at the Berlinale at about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. Accompanied by Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick, longtime EFM head Beki Probst and Germany's Minister for Media and Cultural Affairs Bernd Neumann, Merkel visited with a number of ...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: 'Snow Business'; Panorama Plans; "Quinceanera," "Promise," "Boys," "Home

    "There's no business like snow business," quipped Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick, opening his fifth festival as the head of the rejuvenated event. Indeed, snow was the theme Thursday in Berlin -- on screen and off -- as the festival opened with Marc Evans' "Snow Cake," while outside the...

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    Interview with Berlin Film Fest Jury Member Yash Chopra

    Bollywood director and producer Yash Chopra ("Veer-Zaara") speaks about being a Berlin International Film Festival jury member and the increasing popularity of Bollywood movies around the world. DW-WORLD reports.

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    First Person: Rajendra Roy on Berlin - The New "Old" World

    [This is the latest in a regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    Altman, Chabrol, Lumet, Panahi, Winterbottom and 14 Others Square Off at '06 Berlinale; 130+ Feature

    Nineteen new films will vie for prizes at the 2006 Berlinale -- the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin -- beginning Thursday in the German capital. The 56th Berlin International Film Festival will present a total of 26 films in its competition section, with higher profile U.S. films screening out...

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    Interview with Berlin International Film Festival's Dieter Kosslick

    Dieter Kosslick spoke with journalist Scott Roxborough about the direction in which he has steered the Berlin International Film Festival since taking over as director in 2001. The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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    Reuters: 56th Berlin International Film Festival Numbers Attest to Increased Popularity

    The organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival reviewed a record 4,000 film entries before deciding on the 400 that make up this year's edition. The festival, which runs February 9 through February 19, is also expecting a record number of film buyers, sellers, producers, directors, actors and journalists to attend. "'The interest has been gigantic this year,' he [festival director Dieter Kosslick] added, noting the European Film Market, where buyers and sellers from around the world gather, has shown a 45 percent increase this year with 254 companies attending. ... Now a major launching pad for Hollywood and European films at the st...

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